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1044 Howard Avenue - D. Clarke Monuments

For years I’ve been meaning to take pictures of this little shop at 1044 Howard, just south of Erie. The business was owned by former city councillor Don Clarke (thanks to Chris Edwards for reminding me of that). This little shop was around forever, really close to Windsor Grove as well, built back in the days when proximity to the cemetery was important. The business is now closed, and…
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Windsor Hydro Company c. 1928

A couple of weeks back we took a look at the long gone Windsor Gas Company building on Chatham Street West. In the comments we got discussing how the former Chatham Street Grill/C.H. Streets building was noted as being the Hydro offices. Above is a photo of that building…
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Jackson Park Overpass - 1962

From the same annual report from 1962 came the following description of the photo above: Windsor’s new highway entrance, the Jackson Park Overpass. This modern, four-lane road is an extension of Ouellette Ave. running south over the C.P.R. tracks and relieving the…
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Riverside Drive - 1962

From the Department of Public Works section of the 1962 City of Windsor Annual Report comes this photograph shown above. Riverside Drive, east of the C.N.R. Overpass, has been rebuilt. Curbs and sidewalks were moved back and re-aligned to permit a pavement width of at least 40 feet. This allows four lanes of moving traffic during rush hours, giving a fast and even flow of traffic into and out of…
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W.D. Lowe - 1919

I always find it interesting to uncover photographs of prominent citizens, and it’s always interesting to put a face to the name. Today is a picture of W.D. Lowe, whom the school on Gilles was once named after. This image is from the “Border Cities Era&#8221…
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Windsor From The Transfer Steamer - 1882

The engraving above appeared in the book “Picturesque Canada” published in 1882. While the engraving doesn’t indicate what boat it was, the “transfer steamers” were the rail ferries. Some of the earlier ones were well equipped to moved…
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Windsor Gas Company - c. 1923

Another great old shot of downtown Windsor. This one dates from the early 1920’s. It shows the old Windsor Gas Company office building on Chatham Street West. Long gone of course. Here the 1937 fire insurance map showing the layout of the block (the Gas building is marked in yellow). The Terrace houses covered here previously can be seen immediately west of the Gas building. I bet…
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Studebaker Factory - Then and Now

Above is a view of the Studebaker Factory that once graced the area just north east of Walker and Wyandotte. This picture above was taken in 1913 and is looking south at the factory from the rail tracks. By 1937, the Studebaker factory is listed as “Silent and Mostly…
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527-533 Chatham Street East

Last night driving towards downtown, I noticed that the decrepit old duplex at 527-533 Chatham Street East was kaput. Vanished into the landfill… 515-523 next door may be the next one to go… I’ve never understood how this area between downtown and…